Monday, November 30, 2015

Flowers In A Dumpster by Mark Allan Gunnells [4 stars]

From the Description

The world is full of beauty and mystery. In these 17 tales, Gunnells will take you on a journey through landscapes of light and darkness, rapture and agony, hope and fear.
A post-apocalyptic landscape where it is safer to forget who you once were... An unusual support group comprised of cities dying of a common illness... A porn star that has opened himself up to demonic forces... Two men battling each other to the death who discover they have much in common... A woman whose masochistic tendencies may be her boyfriend's ruin... A writer whose new friendship proves a danger to his marriage and his sanity.
Let Gunnells guide you through these landscapes where magnificence and decay co-exist side by side. Come pick a bouquet from these Flowers in a Dumpster.

I received an ARC of this eBook in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel.

Flowers In A Dumpster is my first book by Mark Allan Gunnells. Based on the quality of the stories in this book it won't be my last. Flowers In A Dumpster has a much higher number of great stories than you usually find in a collection. There were a few that I didn't enjoy as much as others but all were well written and fast paced. Some of my favorites were Past Lives, which has a delightfully twisted ending. Welcome and Welcome Back were both fun yet disturbing.The Bonadventure, a trio of ghost hunters find way more than they expected, and Similar Interests, serial killers meet while out hunting, were both fantastic. And Kindred Spirit, which was the perfect close to this collection, will hit home for a lot of writers. A fast and deliciously dark 4 star read.

About the Author

Mark Allan Gunnells loves to tell stories. He has since he was a kid, penning one-page tales that were Twilight Zone knockoffs. He likes to think he has gotten a little better since then. He has been lucky enough to work with some wonderful publishers such as Apex Publishing, Bad Moon Books, Journalstone, Evil Jester Press, Etopia, Sideshow Press, and Gallows Press. He loves reader feedback, and above all he loves telling stories. He lives in Greer, SC, with his fiance Craig A. Metcalf.